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PR 48 / 2018

The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a joint responsibility of civil society, EU and the member States' authorities, as well as the private sector. This was one of the main conclusions of the high level conference on SDGs and initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains co-hosted on 30 October 2018 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Commission and the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands.


Luca Jahier, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), opened the high-level conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains co-hosted by the EESC, the European Commission and the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands by stating that there is no alternative to a sustainable economy: "Europe must be sustainable or it will simply not be".


He agrees with the EESC that more needs to be done in the areas of prevention and preparedness

In light of the dramatic impact of climate change, which affects the whole of Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urges the European institutions to adopt further joint measures and policies under the rescEU proposal in order to respond to disasters more efficiently and effectively.


Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, attended the EESC plenary session on 17 October 2018, engaging in a debate with members on the main external threats and challenges for the EU. EESC President Luca Jahier, highlighted the important role played by the EU as a major humanitarian aid donor, but also recalled that "civil society organisations are willing to be part of this effort".

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Een geweldige kans om van gedachten te wisselen en een prachtige leerervaring. Op zaterdag 22 september 2018 vond in het Leopoldpark te Brussel het Jubel Festival plaats, het allereerste Europese democratiefestival in België. EESC-leden Pierre Jean Coulon, Ronny Lannoo, Thierry Libaert en Daniel Mareels leverden een bijdrage aan een vruchtbare bijeenkomst gewijd aan de toekomst van Europa, een bijeenkomst van groot belang, zeker met het oog op de komende Europese verkiezingen.

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Despite an overly complicated ECI tool, one million signatures collected for diversity in Europe

At its plenary on 20 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invited the initiators of the European Citizens' Initiative Minority SafePack – represented by Loránt Vincze, president of the Federal Union of European Nationalities – to present their request, which is aimed at improving the protection of national and linguistic minorities in Europe


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EESC President Luca Jahier and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc engaged in a fruitful debate on mobility at the EESC plenary session on 20 September 2018. An adequate regulatory framework for a well-functioning Single European Transport Area, digitalisation in land transport technology, better interoperability between the various existing electronic road toll systems and investment in clean electricity were at the heart of the debate with EESC members.